Update: Just moments after posting the article, Devin over at Badass Digest was able to confirm that Tron 3 is officially a go at Disney, and that Joseph Kosinski is in fact returning to direct. Devin had this to say:
UPDATE: Right after I ran this story I was contacted by a trusted source who tells me that the movie is happening, and that Joseph Kosinski is back for it. So here it is, folks, Tron Legacy 2.
Original story follows:
Is Disney finally ready to return to the Grid? Rumors are beginning to swirl that could in fact be the case. Disney has been quietly developing a third film in the Tron series for some time now, with movement beginning before the second film in the series, Tron: Legacy, came out in 2010. Over the last few years we’d heard from director Joseph Kosinski and actor Bruce Boxleitner that the film was still quietly gestating, with the last real information coming in an interview in January 2014 with Boxleitner, where he says the script was almost complete, but was in the middle of being fine tuned.
“All I know is, they don’t tell me anything, but they want to do it I would say probably the end of this year, for 2015 maybe. They don’t have any dates but I’m thinking from the scuttlebutt I’m hearing that’s it, but I don’t know anything for sure other than they do have a script they love, they’re still tweaking.”
He then went on to say that he’s told the next film will take place more in the real world than on the Grid, and will deal with Sam trying to take back his father’s company from Edward Dillinger, Jr.:
“That’s what I’m told, but you didn’t hear me say that,” Boxleitner joked. “I think it’s going to be a lot about taking the company back because if you remember Sam Flynn says to Alan at the end, just before he rides his bike off into the sunrise with Quorra, says, ‘We’re going to take the company back.’ That’s not the end of the movie. That’s the beginning of the next one. That’s foreshadowing. And you don’t get Cillian Murphy to do an unscripted cameo” and “I got a feeling Eddie Dillinger Jr.’s going to be as bad as his dad was.”
It’s been massively quiet on that front for some time now, but now a new rumor from a site called Vancity Buzz is reporting that Disney has green lit the third film in the series, with Garrett Hedlund returning to star as Sam Flynn, with production beginning on October 5, 2015. For now, there’s no official word from Disney, so it’s best to take all this with a massive grain of salt, but I’m certainly hoping this one comes to fruition. I’m a huge fan of the first two films, and the last film ended in a place where I’d like to see it continue. On the special features of the blu-ray, director Joseph Kosinski teased the third film in an easter egg, which you can see below:
The video plays into where Boxleitner and Kosinski have both mentioned the film could be going, and it’ll be interesting to see how true to those plans will stay. For now though, we don’t even know if Joseph Kosinski will be returning for Tron 3, or who else will return, because so much time has passed since the first was made. I hope if this does come to pass that Kosinski stays on board, because if there’s one thing I truly like about him as a director, it’s his visual style. While the last film’s narrative wasn’t incredible strong, Kosinski was able to make the Grid feel completely immersive and real, which played into Tron Legacy‘s strengths. Not having him could be a serious blow to the film, and I hope he’s still going to be attached to direct.
I can only hope that we’ll also see the return of Olivia Wilde as Quorra, and Cillian Murphy as Edward Dillinger, Jr., and maybe even a brief appearance of Jeff Bridges as Flynn, just to keep him in the story. The final question to the puzzle for Tron 3 will also be whether or not Daft Punk returns to do the film’s score. Much like Kosinski, their music was a big part of what made the film work, and even four and a half years later, that soundtrack is still played on a weekly basis on my iPod. Daft Punk’s music really gave Tron Legacy a specific feel, and complemented the film well, and it would be a shame to not have them return for the follow up.
For now though, we’ll just have to wait and see if this will truly come to fruition. All this is speculation on a rumor from a site that many of us haven’t heard of, so I’m not going to get excited just yet. As much as I want it, we’ve been waiting a long time, and my gut is telling me it’s not to be. Here’s hoping I’m wrong, because I need to return to the Grid one more time.